Parliamentary election campaign launches in Uzbekistan

Parliamentary election campaign launches in Uzbekistan

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sept. 12

By Demir Azizov - Trend:

Uzbekistan's Central Election Commission announced the launch of the parliamentary election campaign on Sept. 11.

On Sept. 11, the CEC Chairman Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov said the CEC adopted a resolution to start a campaign Sept. 15 for election of MPs to the legislative chamber of the parliament's lower house, known as Oliy Majlis, as well as regional, district and city councils.

Uzbekistan will hold the parliamentary election on Dec. 21 in accordance with the country's constitution. Uzbek population is 31 million people, and over 20 million of these are potential voters.

Abdusalomov said the lists of 135 constituencies with their borders and the number of voters will be published Oct. 7 in line with the electoral law.

Prior to Oct. 12, the CEC will approve the personal composition of the district election commissions.

To participate in the parliamentary election, the country's political parties will present relevant documents to the CEC prior to Oct. 12.

The nomination of MP candidates will start Oct. 17, and their registration will end on Nov. 16. Under the law, the election campaign begins from the date of registration of candidates and ends on Dec. 19.

Uzbekistan's bicameral parliament was created in 2005. The legislative chamber permanently employs 150 MPs elected in Dec. 2009 from four political parties and the Uzbek Ecological Movement. They were elected for a five-year period.

The parliament's upper house, referred to as the Senate, employs 100 MPs elected in equal numbers, i.e. six people from the Karakalpakstan Republic, regions and the city of Tashkent.

Aside from that, 16 members of the Senate are appointed by the president of Uzbekistan from among the most distinguished citizens.

Edited by CN

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